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andy_maxman
02-25-2005, 04:34 PM
wow! we hit 200 pages & 3000 posts...
cheers!
;-)andy

btw -
just came across this link for folks who are interested in stop-motion -
A 3D animator's guide to stop-motion (http://www.toddelliott.com/Tutorials/StopMotion_Part01.htm)

mohinder
02-25-2005, 04:50 PM
I made my application on Sunday morning. Its now Wednesday and I have not recieved any email regarding the test!

Mohinder.
Thanks to everyone who replied to my original post with the reassuring words and advice. I emailed AnimationMentor as suggested and they sent me a link for the test yesterday.

I thought the test was kind of tough! On reading some of the questions my mind became quite perplexed. At one point I began to imagine The Riddler from Batman saying... 'Riddle me this, riddle me that..if I was a fish and you were a cat...' :). To top things off, on question 15 I looked at the clock and thought 'Hey.. 2minutes, I'm sure I've spent longer than that' before realising it was counting down and not up!

Don't think I did too well. I feel like such a Dummy. I think my puny logical left brain has been engulfed by the more creative right side. Well thats my excuse and im sticking to it :)

havoc21
02-25-2005, 04:50 PM
hehe, thanks. drool can damage the keyboard :D

AKS
02-25-2005, 05:05 PM
mohiner, don't feel bad about the test. I think alot of people didn't finish it. I started skiping all of the complex math questions myself when I realized it was being timed (by complex I mean anything requiring division I haven't had to do in my head since 6th grade.)

Bentagon
02-25-2005, 05:35 PM
I've got a pretty cool idea about a soldier, and it'd be based on a classical music piece. But since it hasn't got anything really emotional in there, I'd figure I might do this while still at class C or something (since I'll be AM-only, I'd probably find the time). I hope I get a cooler idea for a short then... but hey, it's still a year! I've had like 365 different shorts in my mind the past one ;)

I do have one other interesting idea, though, but I believe it might be a tad too dark...

- Benjamin

hideandfreak
02-25-2005, 06:20 PM
Alright guys this is the last one I have written so I will stop bugging y'all with them.

http://www.aaronrobbins.com/amComic/ar_F5_YouveGot_Web.jpg

I sure had a blast making these comics and thinking about what a groundbreaking/history defining time of animation we very well may be in. Here's to hoping that we all make it to the other side.

swadepgh
02-25-2005, 06:34 PM
HILARIOUS! I like the last comic the best. Thanks for creating and sharing those.

telliott
02-25-2005, 06:38 PM
Hello All,

Believe it or not, on the night animationmentor started to accept registration, my pacbell web connection became very unstable and I wasn't able to get online. I tried for hours. I got my application in the next morning at work at 8:30 AM. Later that day, I took my test at work.

I found out that there is a problem with the phone line outside my house. I have a technician on the way from PacBell to figure out what is wrong but it may take awhile before I can get online again.

So I have a huge favor to ask. If they announce who made it and who didn't on a weekend, can I get one or two people who would pledge to give me a call and let me know? I wouldn't want to show up to work on a Monday and find out that they've been accepting payment since last Friday afternoon. I live in the Bay Area. If you're willing to make that phone call to a 510 area code, please send me a PM and I'll reply with my phone number and forever be in your debt.

Thanks in advance,

Todd Elliott

andy_maxman
02-25-2005, 06:44 PM
keep it coming 'freakin' mate.....;-)
you get my vote for the unofficial AM comic man......and Jozvex could help you with some very funny conversations too. i always laugh out when i think about the conversation posted earlier. hehehe.
i think we have a great comic series in the making.

AjaBogdanoff
02-25-2005, 07:02 PM
Aaaahhh!!! Hilarious!!! Keep those comics comin!! :D

enin
02-25-2005, 07:11 PM
good site, i'll check it out when i got more time! thx

telliott
02-26-2005, 12:04 AM
Thanks to all those who PM'ed me. I think I should have it covered now.

-Todd

molson67
02-26-2005, 01:08 AM
hideandFreak,

keep the comics comin'.

Those are great!

vanlicht
02-26-2005, 05:56 PM
hey guys,
We already know about the time of notification but still I asked AM service and was confirmed that I (we, who applied) last thursday will get response next week. So just hang on and put a bit more patience.


* telliott:thanks for the kindly provided stop-motion tutorial

*hideandFreak:nice comics, love them.

hideandfreak
02-26-2005, 06:14 PM
*hideandFreak: thanks for the kindly provided stop-motion tutorial

*telliott: nice comics, love them.

Glad you liked the comics, and we all thank telliott for the the tutorial.

hideandfreak
02-26-2005, 07:14 PM
Thanks to Jason for letting me include his username on this one.

http://www.aaronrobbins.com/amComic/ar_F5_Friends_Web.jpg

philippeduvin
02-26-2005, 07:16 PM
my favorite :thumbsup:

U can make the same with BOOM and kit kat ! :)

My Fault
02-26-2005, 07:43 PM
Oh man Aaron, your killing me over here! Absolutely grade-A stuff! :thumbsup:

linen_umbrella
02-26-2005, 07:45 PM
Hey Afr_CG
Lets not get this thred to off subject.
But i would sugest going through the many Alias tutorials and internet sites.
CG talk has many subjects on rigging.
Also get as many free rigs as you can and then pick them apart to work out how they are put together.
This has helped me learn a lot.
try this thred started by titaniumdave
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=190975
lots of free rigs there

I'm also getting a bit annoyed at how off-topic certain posters are getting, and for those of you who aren't I apologize for this post, although I definitely take into consideration that Afr_CG is a newbie, others are not and should know better.

maelstrom
02-26-2005, 09:15 PM
this thread is becoming a community of itself :)
it would be nice we met each other at AM again soon!

@hideandfreak: love your comics too! :applause:

philippeduvin
02-26-2005, 09:49 PM
this thread is becoming a community of itself :)
it would be nice we met each other at AM again soon!

@hideandfreak: love your comics too! :applause:

and what about meet each other in the biggie studios in .. 2 years :)

hideandfreak
02-26-2005, 11:16 PM
I'm glad you guys like the comic. Thanks for all the nice words and encouragement. This is a great thread, I can't believe how on topic it has stayed considering the 200+ pages and 3000+ comments.. Hopefully, like Modus said, we will all be getting together at some big studio in a few years. Anyway, sounds like it is going to be a big week for this thread coming up.

philippeduvin
02-26-2005, 11:20 PM
yeah i think we all gonna have a blast again with our send and receive button this week !:scream:

ah biggie biggie studios, here we come. the first batch of AM students !! tada !!:)

AZL42
02-27-2005, 12:08 AM
Nah, I want my own studio but the rest of you can join me.:) Who wants to bet me that monday is the day?

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 12:30 AM
mmh... do you really think you will be able to get into one of the major studios right after AM Online? That's highly, highly improbable - but a great dream nontheless. Middlesize studios is a more probable idea/goal, but the major studios all have animators that have been doing this for years and years and years. Even with the (great?) training we will receive from AM, it's unlikely you'll get in there right away. There are a few talents out there who might, yes, but they will be largely outnumbered, imho. Remember you're up against animators who will have worked longer on a highly professional level than you will have on an educational level. Some of these guys have years and years of experience working 50+ hours a week, and you want kick their butts by animating 30 hours a week for one and a half years (if even that much, because that's 4 hours a day, and if you're in another school or have a job, it'll be a difficult number to get to)?

It'd still be nice though if we saw eachother there in 5 years or so ;)

@linen_umbrella: what are you referring too as getting off-topic? Because there isn't much news anymore about AM Online, we should shut up? We just stay excited and anticipate together on our answers from the AnimationMentor staff... One of the big things about AM Online is that they want to create a tight community, so why can't we start that right now? Even if we were talking about a TV-show we saw last week, or a drunk guy we met in a club, or whatever, it'd still be kinda on-topic... you know?
What textureeyes was referring to as off-topic, is asking a rigging question on a thread about a school specific about character animation, while this board has a whole rigging forum...

- Benjamin

clockwerkz
02-27-2005, 12:42 AM
I was doing a little perusing of the first pages of posts when I came across this little beauty:


I felt the same way when I saw this, Jason! I want to go to school there! :)

looks AMAZING!

You have got to be kidding me. A most humble uber ninja! Seriously, your stuff rocks. And I'm not trying to score brownie points in case a) I'm accepted and b) I happen to have the most fortunate luck of having you as a mentor! :buttrock:


As for the whole getting into a major studio.. yeah, I'll have to second what Bentagon said. No one is stopping you from daydreaming.. nor is anyone saying don't make a major studio one of your goals. Everyone should make it a priority to write down their short term, medium term, and long term goals. Break it down.. have a plan. And then sign the paper to hold yourself accountable to it. For me, with AM, I have entered the realm of possibility of getting to a studio period, with any luck. Hopefully after plugging away for some years, I'll get my crack at the big boys. :thumbsup:

cW

AZL42
02-27-2005, 01:04 AM
Those of us talking about being in a biggie or starting our own studio in two years time were talking tongue in cheek. My goal is to tell stories and give life to characters. Where I do that doesn't matter much.

Subjects that are on topic:

Kit-kats, paellas, the f5 key, sand dunes

Subjects that are off topic:

Rigging, Disney’s current state of affairs, and potatoes.

linen_umbrella
02-27-2005, 02:34 AM
what are you referring too as getting off-topic? Because there isn't much news anymore about AM Online, we should shut up? We just stay excited and anticipate together on our answers from the AnimationMentor staff... One of the big things about AM Online is that they want to create a tight community, so why can't we start that right now?
- Benjamin

Take a prozac Benji, posters are getting off topic and I'm glad, that's right GLAD, that everyone is all buddy-buddy but this thread should be used for Animation Mentor.com related information and what's going on with the school. Now 5-10 pages of, "of oh cool, oh yay, nice to meet you" is all well and good but when it comes to 30+ pages of the same people over and over agian, that's just ridiculous.

If you look in the upper right hand corner of the screen there's a little thing called private messages or you can go ahead and start a brand new thread for "Oh yay I'm so excited" posts. There's a lot of other people who are frustrated to the only difference between me and them is that I'm subscribed to thread and am tired of having to weed through all the posts to see if Bobby or Carlos or an AM staffer said something. Respond to me with a private message if you're still PMSing about it because I'm unsubscribing from this monstrous junk mail right now.

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 02:35 AM
I had to throw some patatoes away today, because they'd been in the fridge way too long...

anyhoo, clockwerkz, I remembered that too! I even brought it up a few billion posts ago ;) http://www.cgtalk.com/showpost.php?p=1749236&postcount=1169

- Benjamin

AZL42
02-27-2005, 02:47 AM
So you don’t have to weed through the posts, you can click these links to find posts by the big three:

http://www.cgtalk.com/search.php?do=finduser&u=32829

http://www.cgtalk.com/search.php?do=finduser&u=43875

http://www.cgtalk.com/search.php?do=finduser&u=22716 (edited with some help)

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 02:53 AM
Heh, now that's a good idea to find the big news :)
last link shows no matches, though... and the link isn't similar to the first two, and I presume you wanted to search for carlos' posts?

- Benjamin

fluffybunny
02-27-2005, 03:50 AM
Heh, now that's a good idea to find the big news :)
last link shows no matches, though... and the link isn't similar to the first two, and I presume you wanted to search for carlos' posts?
- Benjamin

Isn't this how you search for posts by Carlos? :-D

http://www.cgtalk.com/search.php?do=process&query=paella&showposts=1

eric

p.s. seriously, though this is what he meant:

http://www.cgtalk.com/search.php?do=finduser&u=22716

AZL42
02-27-2005, 05:17 AM
Thanks for the help there. I think it stores a certain address for your computer or for a certain amount of time or what-not. The one fluffybunny wrote (and I edited it into my original message) should work from anywhere anytime...Now how to make this post relative to AM...hmmm... I found an old interview with Bobby Beck at http://www.animfound.com/aotm/Bobby_Beck/bobby1.html

Magenta_
02-27-2005, 05:52 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: great news!! thanks a lot!!

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 01:54 PM
Why not put all interviews up here at once :D

Bobby BOOM Beck
http://www.animfound.com/aotm/Bobby_Beck/bobby1.html
http://www.siggraph.org/conferences/reports/s2004/interviews/beck.html
http://cgchar.toonstruck.com/forum/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=658&
+ my own next week!!!

Carlos Baena
http://www.3dyanimacion.com/entrevistas/entrevistas.cfm?link=cbaenaincreibleseng01
http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=1394&page=
http://www.3dtotal.com/team/interviews/carlos_baena/3d_total_article_cbaena.asp
http://www.deathfall.com/feature.php?op=showcontent&id=28
http://cgchar.toonstruck.com/forum/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=1844&

Shawn Kelly
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=115293&page=1&pp=15
http://cgchar.toonstruck.com/forum/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=835&

And lest us not forget:
http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=2220
http://cgw.pennnet.com/extras/cgw/mentors/mentors.cfm

I think that should be them all.

- Benjamin

oshiroii
02-27-2005, 03:59 PM
You're gonna interview Bobby beck ?

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 04:44 PM
I already have last week... it was absolutely GREAT and very very inspiring! Bobby is just as great in real- (or should I say webcam-) life as he looks like on the net. I myself had a bit of a hard time getting used to talking through a webcam, though, but it worked out fine. It only made me more excited about AM Online than I already was!
I still have to write it down, though. Last week was pretty hectic and I couldn't find the right time.

- Benjamin

kirko
02-27-2005, 04:54 PM
It's GREAT to have all these interviews in one place--thanks, Bentagon!

mmkelly011881
02-27-2005, 07:48 PM
I think that should be them all.

All eh?

why not the rest of the mentors? Or at least info that includes them?

Doug Dooley:
http://www.newenglandfilm.com/news/archives/99october/bunny.htm

Jason Schleifer:
http://www.gfxartist.com/general/general_news/10932
http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=138&page=
http://www.cgchannel.com/news/showfeature.jsp?newsid=717&pid=1

Mike Belzer:
semi interview: http://san-francisco.siggraph.org/calendar/viewEvent.php?eventNumber=19
Chapter 13 of Inspired 3d Character Animation (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1931841489/qid=1109535232/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-9838303-5121444?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)
http://kafi.kvcc.edu/welcome/kafirocksmidwest.htm

Jeremy Cantor:
http://www.thescratchpost.com/artists/dec00/jeremy/jeremy_bio.shtml
read: Inspired 3d Short Film Production (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1592001173/qid=1109535499/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-9838303-5121444?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)
http://www.3dark.com/archives/demoreelpro5.html

Delio Tremantozzi:
notes on a lecture given by him and Shawn Kelly
http://forums.awn.com/archive/index.php/t-1501.html

Victor Navone:
http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=1394&page=1
http://insidecg.com/feature.php?id=69
http://www.animationarena.com/pixar-the-incredibles-animator.html
http://www.3dtotal.com/team/interviews/victor_navone/3d_total_article_vnavone.asp
http://www.3dyanimacion.com/entrevistas/entrevistas.cfm?link=vnavoneeng

Warren Trezevant:
http://www.geocities.com/a3dgraphicsite/page4.html

just all of the interviews i could find on google.. if anyone finds any more please post!

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 08:31 PM
Wow... I'll have some reading to do:p

- Benjamin

Bulldog
02-27-2005, 08:34 PM
Thanks for the links , all of them are very nice interviews.

olioli
02-27-2005, 09:02 PM
has classes already started, or are they still accepting students.

Jozvex
02-27-2005, 09:28 PM
Classes are set to start on the 21st of March according to the latest newsletter. I'm not sure if they're still accepting but I figure you might as well apply anyway!

Bentagon
02-27-2005, 10:50 PM
You can always apply. If you're getting in the first term is something else of course. 10 days ago, 240 people had applied after just one day... and there are 300 people/term allowed.

- Benjamin

andy_maxman
02-28-2005, 04:00 AM
while we wait for some more news....(folks who decide on unsubscribing - go ahead)

as animators, have you ever been caught in an inexplicable situation while studying motion or ever had some serious explanations to make while 'observing the art of movement'?

my latest one -
wifey and i walking down to a store. mid-way i find myself walking alone. when i hurried back to ask her what happened, she wanted to know 'why was i staring and nodding my head in rhythm at the woman who was walking ahead of us'.
damned. i had been working on walkcycles the entire week. and it was terribly interesting to watch one in action. now, she would occasionaly just hop ahead of me just in case if i needed any live references. this apart she even ends up conversations with exaggerated follow-throughs. lol - it's so funny at times.

any similar experiences? i'm sure there will be some.....

peanuckle
02-28-2005, 04:50 AM
Being very observant to your surroundings and having a jealous lady can get you in trouble sometimes.

Tanner

Jozvex
02-28-2005, 05:52 AM
Well it's evening on the last day of February here in Australia and we still don't know who made it in. (sheesh I sound like an Australian Idol host or something)

Hopefully this time next month classes will have started.

:scream:

philippeduvin
02-28-2005, 07:25 AM
I didnt have any "starring at a woman "experience, but my wife didnt know what happened when i sat on the living room table and get up on the top of it and repeat that move a 100 times to see how a character get up on that situation...it was in my early animation times she's started to ask me : " is really what you are supposed to do if you want to do animation ? ? "

but fortunately, now she has understood all the thing and push me to do it : " come on sweetie, go on, jump on the table, come on !! "

That's what I called a supportive wife ! :)

stewartjones
02-28-2005, 08:21 AM
I have worked out how not to get into those sorta situations!

Get yourself down to the mall, go to the second level, hang over the side (not too much), and watch people from there! If anyone notices, just wink and blow them a kiss... Unless it's a person of the same sex, well, unless that's your preference of course!

I hate being 8 hours ahead, I always feel like I'm waiting longer than everyone else (everyone being people in the Bay Area of course!) :thumbsup:

AKS
02-28-2005, 08:44 AM
I've definitely gotten into some awkward situations while studying movement... Mostly b/c some people (guys and girls alike) seem to think that if you are looking at them you are hitting on them and then when you explain what you are doing and why there ALWAYS follows at least a half hour conversation about how cool animation is, and how much better and cooler your job is than theirs (which is often accountant or something) :)

Lucky for me I now also have a very supportive spouse who lets me watch him endlessly and take video clips of him doing various animated activies

vanlicht
02-28-2005, 02:35 PM
I haven't myself into this hectic experience yet, but I know the lead animator in the company has acchieved such a state. He loves to protray childlike behavior before animating a character like Noddy, but from others' eyes he is as if he were mentally retarted. And one day I heard a bunch of female colleques discussing about him (no offense to any gender here...):

"you know, when we (bunch of female colleques) were discussing about the trip to Russia, he (that lead animator) appeared all in a sudden and kneed down and started dancing, saying‵that's the way russian dancers dance, aren't they?` Did you see his belly swinging around and feel the floors shaking? yak, such a morron."

Well, I myself have great respect toward the lead animator, but I think sometimes people simply don't appreaciate what he meant to do for acting developement, even if his acting might not be pleasing to the eyes. And see? those bunch of people are not outsiders, they are in the industry themselves and that's how they react, not to mention people out of animation realm.:shrug:



I hate being 8 hours ahead, I always feel like I'm waiting longer than everyone else (everyone being people in the Bay Area of course!) :thumbsup:

Hehe, here being 16hours ahead, I guess that's why I feel double the waiting.

fluffybunny
02-28-2005, 04:51 PM
I haven't myself into this hectic experience yet, but I know the lead animator in the company has acchieved such a state. He loves to protray childlike behavior before animating a character like Noddy, but from others' eyes he is as if he were mentally retarted.
Well, I myself have great respect toward the lead animator, but I think sometimes people simply don't appreaciate what he meant to do for acting developement, even if his acting might not be pleasing to the eyes. And see? those bunch of people are not outsiders, they are in the industry themselves and that's how they react, not to mention people out of animation realm.:shrug:



I know exactly what you mean. Unless you're blessed with a thorough understanding of exactly how all kinds of different people do thing then you have to act it out and experiment. You see that in Richard Williams book, he's trying all kinds of things to see what sort of effect he gets(actually, I'm sure he knew...but that's the point I think he was trying to convey).:wise:

I don't know if it's a requirement to be a good animator, but it seems like it definitely helps if you can completely forget about yourself and try to act in a strange, silly, or just different manner.:D

As long as they don't lock me up for talking to myself or my rabbits in funny voices too, I think I'll be okay :twisted:

eric

/me wonders if the funnyfarm has broadband and a CG workstation so I can still do AM :thumbsup:

liquidik
02-28-2005, 07:57 PM
Well, I've just received an email with the subject "pre-approved application" and my hearth was going down, only to find out that it's spam....aaaaaarrghhhh

And, as far as experimenting with acting, you had to see my library of silly things done in front of a camera eheheheh

I was thinking of setting up a web site where we can all upload those little videos for reference. What do you guys think ???

Gianmichele

AZL42
02-28-2005, 08:21 PM
A site where animators could download and upload reference material would be great. Start a new thread about it and see how people respond. Be sure to post a link here!

-Adam

swadepgh
02-28-2005, 08:34 PM
liquidik that is awful. How torturous.


I was really hoping to hear something today but at this hour I am beginning to wonder if we will. I guess it is still early afternoon in Cali though. THere is still hope.

:shrug:

stewartjones
02-28-2005, 09:15 PM
I make it about 2.20pm PST... That means the have had lunch, and should be on with e-mailing all of us right now... Well, at least I'm staying optimistic huh?! :cool:

Kenny_Rocks
02-28-2005, 09:46 PM
I just got off the phone with Animation Mentor.
They will be letting us know at the end of the week who is successfull in their applications..
So calm down and get some sleep..


cya later.

stewartjones
02-28-2005, 10:36 PM
I just got off the phone with Animation Mentor.
They will be letting us know at the end of the week who is successfull in their applications..
So calm down and get some sleep..


cya later.

End of the week? END OF THE WEEK?... But I've already waited SO LONG! hehe!

Thanks for the info dude! :)

EchoSierra
03-01-2005, 01:31 AM
In a couple of months i am going to go to Arazona to look at schools specifically UAT and Collins College and looking all over for someone who knows something about ether school.

Rabid pitbull
03-01-2005, 01:55 AM
I just got off the phone with Animation Mentor.
They will be letting us know at the end of the week who is successfull in their applications..
So calm down and get some sleep..


cya later.

Phew, starting to think their would be another delay. Now here's to hoping all my finger nails will survive that long. At the very least we all can say we participated in one of the longest threads at cgtalk.com, if not the longest. Best of luck to everyone.

Jozvex
03-01-2005, 02:08 AM
Yeah thanks for the info Kenny!

Ringing them to find out, what an ingenious idea!

mgarward
03-01-2005, 11:00 AM
I just got off the phone with Animation Mentor.
They will be letting us know at the end of the week who is successfull in their applications..
So calm down and get some sleep..


Nope, still can't sleep.:)

I hope they are allowing enough time for whatever needs to be signed and mailed back to make it through such things as international post, for those hopefuls outside the US. My fingernails and I just want to know soon so the stress stops. Or starts... I'm not sure which yet.:)

maninflash
03-01-2005, 01:15 PM
I have worked out how not to get into those sorta situations!

Get yourself down to the mall, go to the second level, hang over the side (not too much), and watch people from there! If anyone notices, just wink and blow them a kiss...

What if they actualy winked back and blew a kiss at me! What's plan B? ;)

stewartjones
03-01-2005, 03:06 PM
What if they actualy winked back and blew a kiss at me! What's plan B? ;)

If that happens, then count yourself lucky!... Or unlucky, depending on which sex it was! :thumbsup:

philippeduvin
03-01-2005, 03:23 PM
What if they actualy winked back and blew a kiss at me! What's plan B? ;)

the plan B depends on your sexual preferences :)

kirko
03-01-2005, 06:12 PM
A really exciting day. I got a "newsletter" from some non-AM company. I knew what it was and what it wasn't, but every time my eyes saw that "newsletter" in the queue my heart would skip a beat. Finally I selected the message and sorted by sender, and that SHOT me right down to all the real AM newsletters. Whoa!

stewartjones
03-02-2005, 12:53 AM
Man, this waiting is killing me! I just wanna know already!:D There is only 3 or so weeks till class starts, it's close, but not close enough!

Oh, has anyone got any news on the AMO T-shirts? It would be awesome to find out now, so they could maybe send one through the post along with the application forms (if successful on the online-applications). :thumbsup:

How many of us will be going out celebrating with friends and/or family if you get into the school?:)

mgarward
03-02-2005, 02:04 AM
How many of us will be going out celebrating with friends and/or family if you get into the school?:)
My wife and I have already organized a baby-sitter for the kids for Friday night so we can go out somewhere. Now we just need to know whether we'll be celebrating with champagne, or drowning my sorrows.:D

telliott
03-02-2005, 04:03 AM
So if my application for enrollment is accepted, I want to make sure that I'm prepared. From reading the catalog, it seems clear that I will need to...

1. Complete and return the Enrollment Agreement.
2. Pay my registration fee of $75.

But what about...
3. Send a copy of my transcripts from high school OR college?
4. Pay the $13,000 or $2000 (whichever I can afford)?

When do #3 and #4 happen? Are they before or after the "first-come, first-serve basis?" This leads me to believe that they are most likely accepting more than 300 applications to the school, right?

kirko
03-02-2005, 04:20 AM
They gave a rundown of the registration process in that final newsletter. Here's the link:

http://www.animationmentor.com/newsletter/AMonlineNewsletter_4.52.html

I'm kind of fuzzy about where the first-come, first-serve part comes in, though.

Kirk

telliott
03-02-2005, 04:31 AM
Thanks for the reply Kirko! I knew I had read about it somewhere but forgot entirely that there was that 4.52 newsletter. Thanks.

Trevor Hunsaker
03-02-2005, 04:48 AM
Can you imagine having to go through all those essays, and then decide who gets in. I'm glad I could just apply and relax.

Well, not really relax. :)

kirko
03-02-2005, 05:08 AM
I was just glad never to have to read my essay again. It was much harder to write than I expected. For a day or so after, I cringed when I thought about some of the things I said. But later, my memory faded and I was able to think that it wasn't half bad. And now, I'm well on my way to thinking it was brilliant.

peanuckle
03-02-2005, 05:11 AM
After I submitted my Essay I thought of all of this stuff that I should have said. I finally forgot about the essay deleted it off my computer and.....started checking my email every 5 seconds :)


Tanner

Trevor Hunsaker
03-02-2005, 05:14 AM
For a day or so after, I cringed when I thought about some of the things I said.

I'm in the same boat. Hopefully it wasn't as bad as I think it was.

jono338
03-02-2005, 05:42 AM
So if my application for enrollment is accepted, I want to make sure that I'm prepared. From reading the catalog, it seems clear that I will need to...

1. Complete and return the Enrollment Agreement.
2. Pay my registration fee of $75.

But what about...
3. Send a copy of my transcripts from high school OR college?
4. Pay the $13,000 or $2000 (whichever I can afford)?

When do #3 and #4 happen? Are they before or after the "first-come, first-serve basis?" This leads me to believe that they are most likely accepting more than 300 applications to the school, right?

OMG! Please someone tell me we haven't got to paying the $75 part yet, or I'm screwed. If so, when did we get the chance for that, because I completely missed it. Please no...

OK, so now I've calmed down, and read the post. Gee, I've really got to stop hanging around this thread. Or take a valium.

Another day down ...

fluffybunny
03-02-2005, 05:44 AM
After I submitted my Essay I thought of all of this stuff that I should have said.

I can definitely relate to that. I'm sitting here watching a simple stick figure I made walk about a dozen steps across the screen and I'm just transfixed by the fact that it looks cool (well...in a relative sense) and that I made it.:)
I didn't say anything in my essay about how seeing my own animation (even though it's rather poor) just gets me all enthused and excited about doing and learning more.:bounce:
Of course then there's the lack of focus that causes :eek:
It's hard to say whether that or all the mentor's enthusiasm(and eveyone here) jazzes me up more.

Anyone else find themselves staring at some simple animation you've done?

eric

andy_maxman
03-02-2005, 06:00 AM
ENROLLMENT:
Once a student has been accepted for enrollment at AnimationMentor.com they will be sent an Enrollment Agreement and instructions for completing it. A one-time non-refundable Registration Fee of $75 is also required. Since class space is limited, students who have been accepted to AnimationMentor.com will be enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis based on when their completed Enrollment Agreement and Registration Fee are returned. Registration is open year round however; new Terms begin on a quarterly basis, 4 times each year. (See Addendum B for the school’s 2005-2006 Schedule)

a possible sequel to the BOOM that was 17th March?

hideandfreak
03-02-2005, 06:48 AM
Once you do that, you'll instantly be sent the SLE test to take, and as soon as you finish that, the AM offices will receive your results. At that point - you're done, as far as "hurrying" to beat out everyone else. It will arrive at AM with a date-stamp letting them know who got their application/essay/test in first, so at that point you just sit back and wait to hear from the AM crew.
-s


From this I was gathering that the "first come, first serve" portion had to do with the application and test on the 17th/18th. Now that all that stuff has been time-stamped I believe we are done with the hurrying, other then getting our papers and finances all taken care of before registration . . .for those who are accepted.

Makomako
03-02-2005, 08:10 AM
Agree with that, we won't have to pay the 75$ if we're not in, the "first come, first serve" is for the essay. Well, i think...

I'm going out on thursday at the Bain douche in Paris (nightclub) ( it's called anticipation lol). Wednesday, i'll be in Toulouse with my girlfriend... another kind of fiesta...

philippeduvin
03-02-2005, 08:14 AM
Hey makomako another french student to be :)

My wife will invite me to a thailand restaurant we really love and where we are going to just for REALLY BIG things, like birth of a child, not even for birthday or valentine...you know...really BIG thing.. ! :scream:

swadepgh
03-02-2005, 04:42 PM
All this talk of celebration and I hadn't even thought about it. I suppose getting in is something to celebrate.


Has anyone heard anything yet?

philippeduvin
03-02-2005, 04:44 PM
mmm i heard a dog barking at my door but im not sure that's something about AM :)

telliott
03-02-2005, 05:55 PM
Hello all,

I called AM and asked about the "first come, first serve" part from here on out. We are going to get a score based on our essay and our test. That score will reserve our place in line. The good news is that the rushing part is over.

-Todd

swadepgh
03-02-2005, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the clarification telliot.

I am glad that the rushing part is over.

philippeduvin
03-02-2005, 06:57 PM
Thanks for the clarification telliot.

I am glad that the rushing part is over.

Actually, im not sure the stressing part is better :)

AKS
03-02-2005, 08:05 PM
only a few more days.....

Rabid pitbull
03-02-2005, 08:20 PM
Good to hear more on the process. Telliot are you calling them every day. Be honest you are also trying to give them your credit card number too. :scream:

AjaBogdanoff
03-02-2005, 08:26 PM
Just a few more days, maybe? I'm so excited/nervous/thrilled/scared.... who would have thought a mere website would cause such mass hysteria?

I guess this ain't no "mere" website. ;)

I was looking through all 105 tensecondclub entries this morning, and I started to get even more excited about AM.com... so many of the entrants, myself DEFINITELY included, obviously tried so hard this month, but just don't have the basic skills yet. Then I came across one that was AMAZING. I must have watched it 20 times, to try to figure out why it worked so well. It just felt so natural, and looked so beautiful.

I thought, I want to be able to make that! Someone, teach me how! :D

Magenta_
03-02-2005, 08:28 PM
i don´t know if somebody else noticed it, but alexandercollac used to ask to AM guys not to send the newspapers on certain dates because he wasn´t going to be able to check his mail or something, and they used to send the news in those days exactly :eek: hahhaha, so... may be we should ask alexandre to ask AM not to send us the results today! and maybe we have luck and have them tonight :thumbsup:

Jozvex
03-02-2005, 09:39 PM
Good idea!

A score that puts us in a line eh? Well hopefully there are exactly 300 people in line for the first term. (unless AM wants more or less in line.....in that case forget what I said!!!)

peanuckle
03-02-2005, 09:47 PM
(http://<font%20face=)http://www.animationmentor.com/Newsletter/AMonlineNewsletter_5.html

swadepgh
03-02-2005, 09:49 PM
Ahhh I was going to post that link too. You beat me to it . :)

trydberg
03-03-2005, 12:08 AM
You know, we can help get the word out around the planet so AM will fill up all of their quarters and keep the program going. For example, I recently attended my local Maya Users Group and told the group about AM--also brought some copies of page 3 in the AM catalog as a handout.

- Tom :)

philippeduvin
03-03-2005, 07:08 AM
ouch its scaring me lil bit actually. What will happened if the school cant go financially ??
I'm gonna try to put the word out in the french 3d community to see if we can get some peoples for the next term.. :shrug:

AKS
03-03-2005, 07:59 AM
You know it never occurred to me before this latest newsletter that they wouldn't be overwhelmed with entries....

philippeduvin
03-03-2005, 08:03 AM
Do you think we should worry about that ?

Kimotion
03-03-2005, 08:05 AM
It really shouldn't be surprising IF there is not an overwhelming turnout...remember that this is a launch afterall and most people would wait it out to see how things go. I don't know anyone in this industry--or deperately wants to be in this industry--who has not heard of AM.

I signed up only because I was so completely fed up with the lack of quality critiques from my current school, and because I feel I have no time to waste since I'm getting old. But most importantly I signed up because I think I am really starting to get obsessed with animation.

oshiroii
03-03-2005, 08:53 AM
^second that!

He's right, I didn't sign up too. Mainly because I don't have the money, but also because I want to see how things go. It's the launch, the very first run, I'd really like to see how things work out, how the work of the students is, read a bit of feedback about the school, it is afterall $2000 per semester .... I think there are more people like that, it's a big choice which should not be taken lightly. It'll probably become better after a few months :thumbsup:

philippeduvin
03-03-2005, 08:57 AM
thats actually 2000 bucks a term, not a semester :)

pschaffi
03-03-2005, 09:01 AM
Personally I doubt that there have been only 300 entries on the first day..
When you look on the press and see how much articles they have got, every trying to be in the animation business knows about that new school..

and after 207 pages of posts... I don't believe anyone who is saying they will not have enought people for the first 4 terms!!!

and if you do a little math, 300 people max. for each term.. paying 2000 USD -> makes it every 12 weeks 600.000 USD .. and when each term a new class is going to start.. in a year they will have 4 classes and earn 600.000 x 4 -> 2.400.000 USD .. mmmhh.. I doubt, that they will have financial problems at all !!! :applause:

sooo.. let's see.. what place I am in... *g*

cheers Peter

stewartjones
03-03-2005, 11:17 AM
The newsletter is pretty vague.

Sure they state that they have places available, but they haven't accepted or rejected yet, so it's slightly obvious that there will be spaces if no one is on the course yet! Plus, they are 'narrowing it down' so that seems to me like they have enough people already!?!?:rolleyes:
Plus, it hasn't been advertised per se, well, in the UK no one has really heard about it unless you visit CGTalk or the like. IMO the first term/semester/wotever will be over before some people will take a real interest... Just to see how things are going, and what people on the course think about it!

I just wish they would let us know already, we have all been waiting for what seems like an eternity for this thing! :D

philippeduvin
03-03-2005, 11:22 AM
yess please, dont delay this announcement for us...its such a burden....iI want to get in, AM...my own my precious...Gollum gollumm :scream:

polymath
03-03-2005, 11:58 AM
If only we could buy those t-shirts and become walking advertisements ;), would you?

Makomako
03-03-2005, 12:00 PM
Well, if we do some advertissement, then, we may not pay the t shirt.... Don't ya think?
And, if i say please?

stewartjones
03-03-2005, 12:10 PM
Well, if we do some advertissement, then, we may not pay the t shirt.... Don't ya think?
And, if i say please?

I think that the first class should receive a special T-Shirt for being one of the first onto the course... And also waiting up for the launch, and all of this excitement and tension we have had to go through over the last month or so!

... Actually make that nearly a year for a lot of us!!! :thumbsup:

Makomako
03-03-2005, 12:13 PM
Good idea. A special t shirt with ones of the best "waiting comics" posted here on february 17th

Hasn't it be already said...?

stewartjones
03-03-2005, 12:15 PM
Not sure, it may have been mentioned, but there are too many pages to search through, and I'm meant to be working... Ahem! :D

We could ditch the T-Shirt idea, receive medals, and free tuition instead?!?! hehe! :rolleyes:

maelstrom
03-03-2005, 01:17 PM
AM is a new concept and not many people volunteer as guinea pigs as easily as we are. :p Some might think an online school isn't worth the money.

However, I am more than willing to take the risk of being first in something untested before, when i'm convinced the idea is gonna work out. We just have to deliver top quality work for the whole world to see and AM won't have troubles finding new people getting into our footsteps.

Having top animators who are still in the trade (as opposed to full time school teachers) giving you feedback and first hand advice alone is worth the money for me. They dedicate time to you EVERY WEEK - i'd like to see a conventional school where you could get that kind of attention.

And it's straight to the point! Animation - nothing else. Everybody can buy some Maya books and teach himself the technical bits of 3d, but to become a good animator you'll need some kind of mentorship at some point in your career, no matter how talented you might be.

I don't have that opportunity in my backwater area of the 3d world, everybody around me thinks i'm a great animator and wants to learn from ME... while i know i still suck and have to learn/improve much more to become halfway decent one day.

PixelTales
03-03-2005, 02:51 PM
If only we could buy those t-shirts and become walking advertisements ;), would you?

I already am! I have been wearing my shirt I got at Siggraph at least once usually twice a week since I got it to help get the word out. My girfriend has one of the girl shirts too and she also wears hers regularly. We get a lot of complements on them too. Everyone just loves Spike. I think I even got some people really interested in checking out the school too. I just wanna help get the word out ya know.


Good idea. A special t shirt with ones of the best "waiting comics" posted here on february 17th

Hasn't it be already said...?

I love this idea that would be so cool if they did it. :bounce: The toughest part would be deciding which comic to use, since they are all so good. (And freighteningly accurate) Boy that Thursday night was exciting wasn't it. My f5 key still hasn't recovered. Maybe they could set it up through a site like cafe press or something. That way they could do them all without any upfront costs. And, we could decide then which one we want. I hope they decide to do it, I have a few more friends that would be interested in getting shirts too.

SheepFactory
03-03-2005, 03:47 PM
It really shouldn't be surprising IF there is not an overwhelming turnout...remember that this is a launch afterall and most people would wait it out to see how things go. I don't know anyone in this industry--or deperately wants to be in this industry--who has not heard of AM.

I signed up only because I was so completely fed up with the lack of quality critiques from my current school, and because I feel I have no time to waste since I'm getting old. But most importantly I signed up because I think I am really starting to get obsessed with animation.

I thought you signed up because I bugged you every day :)

kirko
03-03-2005, 04:36 PM
Has anyone taken a look at the Next Education site (http://www.next-education.com/)? Looks like the AM guys are licensing the technology etc. used for AM. Smart move, and it means that all their eggs won't be in one basket.

3FnD
03-03-2005, 07:15 PM
hi everyone.

I also agree about the "untested" aspect. Doesn't bother me, but surely does for many others. We're not going in completely blind, their testers had high praise--of course, that's all part of their advertising, and the testers didn't go thru the whole program.

Another factor could be that "pace 2" wasn't an option this time around. I would have preferred it, and some might have just not been able to make it fit into their schedules and will be waiting until it's offered.

-3

Kimotion
03-03-2005, 08:18 PM
I thought you signed up because I bugged you every day :)

Nope! I tried to resist the dark side til the bitter end, until that night when sheer curiosity got to me and saw all these people on this forum just dying to get in. Sheer curiosity got me to look at their web site--once again--and saw the list of teachers. And alas, I started to fall to the dark side. I thought, "wow...what am i THINKING?" I was gonna wait to see how it turns out by the summer, but I saw all these people on this site, and thought of how I would be stuck with my current school for the next few months. Here I was alrealy 2 yrs in the Bay area (reason was because of animation) always moaning about my horrible school, paying the same amount of money for their "animation" classes as I would for AM. So I had 2 roads to choose all the sudden: continue down the easy path, spend another 12 thou. taking classes like "Heads & Hands," "History of Animation," "Intermediate Figure Drawing," "Clothed Figure 2," "Portfolio 2," etc. and get my bull$hit degree from that bull$hit school; OR, spend a little more than that on pure animation, learning from teachers who might actually give useful critiques and push us on exercises that we can actually use on our demo reels! Now there's a thought.

Time was ticking...and I STILL didn't sign up when the time came. I woke up that morning feeling sick so I called in work sick (which I rarely do). "Hmm...I'm bored, what should I do? Ah, check to see if AnimationMentor filled up.."

It's wierd that I just happened to be sick that morning...and kept hearing sheep factory's voice over and over, "it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor....it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor....it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor....it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor...."

And get this, another friend of mine who I didn't think would sign up emailed me just then and told me "JEFF! Did you sign up for AM? I just did....DAMN that test!!!"

So yeah, I guess you did help me choose to sign up with all your bugging. You should have hit me with a brick!

monstersauce
03-03-2005, 08:55 PM
the suspense is killing me!

I personally can't imagine signing up for summer or fall, waiting to "see how things turn out"... I would simply be too jealous of all of the students learning like mad, all fired up, getting ninja critiques, pracitcing, watching those video lessons, etc!

basically, to echo the words of SheepFactory and Kimotion:
"it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor....it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor....it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor....it's gonna be so cool...I can't wait for animationmentor...."

mgarward
03-03-2005, 08:57 PM
Agreed, this wait is killing me too! I'm like a little ball of stress, with this on my mind 24/7. All I can say is: my poor fingernails. My poor wife. My poor F5 key.

Kimotion
03-03-2005, 09:00 PM
It wouldn't be as stressful for me if I didn't not know if I hadn't passed the test!

Was that just a triple negative? I gotta go figure out what I just wrote.

monstersauce
03-03-2005, 09:10 PM
Kimotion,
That was actually a quadruple negative, which I believe to be exempt from the normal laws of grammar.

Rabid pitbull
03-03-2005, 09:36 PM
LOL ok so my nails are definitly getting smaller... I reread the last email, and it does not exactly say if they will send a regection notice to those not selected. I says they will start sending acceptance notices this week and continue next week, but nothing about regection.

Not that I want one, but if for some reason I do not get accepted it would be nice to know at some point. :shrug:

bobbyc
03-03-2005, 10:31 PM
... continue down the easy path, spend another 12 thou. taking classes like "Heads & Hands," "History of Animation," "Intermediate Figure Drawing," "Clothed Figure 2," "Portfolio 2," etc. and get my bull$hit degree from that bull$hit school;

hmmm... looks like another AAC (now AAU) experience to me ... i wonder how many other ex-AAC(U) people are dying to get in and further their skills with AM.


Kimotion... are ya still attending that school?

hideandfreak
03-03-2005, 10:31 PM
Not that I want one, but if for some reason I do not get accepted it would be nice to know at some point. :shrug:

I actually called them yesterday and they said that they would start sending out notices end of this week into the beginning of next week. They said it would be by email and you would get a notice either way.

kirko
03-03-2005, 11:10 PM
Oh, this could be painful. The notices will dribble in ("I'm in, I'm in!" or "I got a rock.") while the rest of us wonder. Personally, I think it would be most fair if they do it either alphabetically or oldest-to-youngest.

stewartjones
03-03-2005, 11:11 PM
Oh, this could be painful. The notices will dribble in ("I'm in, I'm in!" or "I got a rock.") while the rest of us wonder. Personally, I think it would be most fair if they do it either alphabetically or oldest-to-youngest.

I personally dont care... I JUST WANNA KNOW ALREADY!!!....:banghead:

Kimotion
03-03-2005, 11:16 PM
hmmm... looks like another AAC (now AAU) experience to me ... i wonder how many other ex-AAC(U) people are dying to get in and further their skills with AM.


Kimotion... are ya still attending that school?

Hmm...I will have to take the Fifth for fear of retaliation from my school. Hence my mask avatar since I KNEW i'd be bashing the school once I started posting on this site. The school I currently attend (which shall remain nameless) is notorious for retribution towards students who speak against the institution.

One example: shortly after 9-11, a student went to the "student services" department to change his schedule. After being kept waiting for an hour, he said a curse word and the receptionist felt "harrassed" and "threatened," especially since it was after 9-11. He was suspended from school, forced to go to a psychiatrist (school paid for it) only to have the psychiatrist laugh and accused the school of wasting his/her time. The student had to sit through some meeting with the administrative board to be let back in and he eventually got back in. But after wasting a semester of fighting with the instiitution that shall remain nameless, he transferred to Calfornia College of Art. I know this guy and he is now much happier and saner.

Another example: a student got expelled for writing a graphic horror short story in a creative writing class. Yes, a creative writing class. He was dragged off to their van at 10:30pm, told to pack his things and wisked out of the dorm and to SFO airort. The teacher also got fired for reporting him to the administration. Why? because the administration found out the books she required her students to read were considered "inappropriate" and "too scary" for a creative writing class. Also, another faculty member who protested this also got fired.

The animation department at the school that shall remain nameless isn't THAT bad. I had one teacher who was awesome, but he was bound to teach dialogue tests only because the administration of the school that shall remain nameless had no idea what should be taught or emphasized on a demo reel. This teacher really did a good job trying to critique everyone's work in a very overcrowded classroom...even stayed later to get everyone's critiques in.


But I can't complain since I met a lot of great people. But at this stage there's nowhere for me to go...no more resources to use at the school that shall remain nameless.

WOW....I've veered WAY off the animationmentor topic. I just needed to vent. I am not saying animationmentor is my saving grace, but for me it is just more riskier to NOT look into other avenues to learn. Especially since my demo reel is no where near to where I think it should be.

hideandfreak
03-04-2005, 12:47 AM
Some non-fiction this time . . .

http://www.aaronrobbins.com/amComic/ar_F5_Notifications_Web.jpg

ok, so maybe I don't have a carrier pigeon.

jono338
03-04-2005, 12:49 AM
---big snip ---

WOW....I've veered WAY off the animationmentor topic. I just needed to vent. I am not saying animationmentor is my saving grace, but for me it is just more riskier to NOT look into other avenues to learn. Especially since my demo reel is no where near to where I think it should be.

This has prompted me to relate something i realised yesterday.

I have recently taken up XSI foundation, and there is alot to learn, and difficult to focus on getting to the animation, and not be distracted by modelling and rigging and stuff, plus the pressure of getting up to speed before AM starts, already assuming I'll get in.

So, a bit unlike me, I started with a simple bouncing ball exercise to start learning the animation tools. It was frustrating, trying to learn how things work and how to change things, and the animation just not looking right. I'd try and change something, and then something else would go weird, and eventually it got to be a complete mess. So I scrapped that and went home, a bit overwhelmed.

As I was putting the key in the door at home, I had one of those moments, and stopped dead. I knew it didn't look right. Eventually I'll know how to get around the software, so that it's a tool and not an obstacle, but that's just hard slog, and practise, practise, practice.

So, Kimotion, you know your demo reel isn't up to snuff. That's the important thing. Your already ahead of the field. So now work on it and don't let anyone see it till it is. Practise, Practise, Practise. Better to know it's not right, than to think it's great and have everyone saying to you, "Um, we don't have anything at the moment, we'll let you know if anything turns up".

So, back to the waiting...

Cheers,

stewartjones
03-04-2005, 12:59 AM
hideandfreak, that cartoon is awesome!... AND, exactly what we are all doing!!! :thumbsup:


... This is my 200th post... Go me... errr... Yeah... :bowdown:

Kimotion
03-04-2005, 01:02 AM
OK, now that I read back I must have sounded very very whiny in an otherwise positive forum. It's a tired cliche that art is what you put into it....but we're all here eager to pay for the guidance and critiques. Otherwise, why pay $? Maybe my expecations are too high, or I'm just too dependant on guidance.

I've gotten some positive private messages from people...one of em really funny. Thanks all!

andy_maxman
03-04-2005, 03:53 AM
hey benji,
when are you booming the interivew? isnt it time yet? or you signed up an NDA?

and folks,
frankly, i feel we need to take a cold shower and calm down our nerves. let's keep our expectations low-key. we will enjoy the results better this way. happens most of the times when we read / hear a lot about something (maybe a movie) only to feel disappointed in the end.

besides, its not the end of the world. if we want it bad enough, there are no two ways about it. we will be there either ways.
cheers,
;-)andy

ps - was just wondering if things worked out.

most of us would be using high-speed internet connections. how about having a network gaming seesion bi-monthly for a couple of hours with us students and them mentors? (not sure if there are any such games as i'm pretty much a noob at it,though, i enjoyed sniping in MOHAA for sometime )

darkefire
03-04-2005, 05:38 AM
thank you, kimotion, for setting the record straight. for the longest time i have been kicking myself for not being able to attend [the school we will not mention]. after hearing your and other unnamed plaintiff's complaints about the way that the average student is treated, i have managed to kick myself less and less and actually commend myself for not spending umpteen thousand dollars per semester to get shafted by a bunch of people who dont know what the hell they're doing anyway. your rant has not gone underappreciated.

and just to keep this thread more directly on topic, i am now offically holding my breath until i hear back from AMO!:bounce:

philippeduvin
03-04-2005, 07:26 AM
Im sure we should calm down about that. In my case, i use this time to finish all the work which could distract me from AM later :)
yesterday, got nothing to do and did my first bouncing ball/acting animation.
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=216230&goto=newpost (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=216230&goto=newpost)
Just' dont stress too much, you guys could have heart attack just before AM :eek:

Great comic although !!! :thumbsup:

sinbad
03-04-2005, 09:50 AM
Hi everyone,


I was wondering if anyone knows of any reference checks being made by animationmentor. I'm just curious to know if this will play an important part in the decision process (I assume it would).

Thanks and good luck !.

paul

stewartjones
03-04-2005, 01:27 PM
Hi everyone,


I was wondering if anyone knows of any reference checks being made by animationmentor. I'm just curious to know if this will play an important part in the decision process (I assume it would).

Thanks and good luck !.

paul

I'm not totally sure on this. Both of my contacts have said that they aint been contacted yet... So I dunno if that's just a precaution that AM have to take?

darkefire
03-04-2005, 02:22 PM
from what i understand, the references are there for AM to "flip a coin" in case they find 2 very eligible applicants (ie: good essay, tested well), but have not enough space to stick them both into a class.

AKS
03-04-2005, 02:23 PM
I got the feeling that reference checks were just going to be done if say, they only had 5 spaces left and 10 possible people, the references might be the tipping point. I want to say I remember that from one of the AM guys in the last thousand posts or something, but I'm not 100% sure.

sinbad
03-04-2005, 03:38 PM
Ok cool. I haven't actually read all the posts in this thread, it seems you might need to take a week off work to get through it all! Anyway I read the first hundred or so, and the last hundred or so.

I've asked to start on the Summer intake, only so that I can save up enough money, nothing to do with "waiting to see what happens". I have every confidence in the guys at animationmentor. I only wish I had the same confidence in my essay and test score! (I feel nausious already..)

Oh well. Chin up and hope for the best. If I don't get in, I'll continue to teach myself anyway as I have been doing. Perhaps I'll get there sometime in my retirement. (I can see it now..hey look Dave, there's that geriatric wheel-chair bound man who worked on Toy Story 24...) Anyway I read about some of the other applicants who thought they were old, I'm 32, so no time to waste! Anyway It seems animators live longer than most, Look at Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas (RIP),

By the way... the end of the week is upon us. I must be driving my poor wife crazy.

paul

stewartjones
03-04-2005, 03:55 PM
By the way... the end of the week is upon us. I must be driving my poor wife crazy.

paul


I am driving everyone insane, including myself. I just wanna know already! Someone who is close to their office go and plead to send out the info! hehe :D

azraeljbs
03-04-2005, 05:16 PM
First time poster on the forums and all I can say is with information like this I definately came to the right place. Awesome!!!

FUG1T1VE
03-04-2005, 05:16 PM
you folks remember this?

which pace are you interested in taking? (http://www.brandonfisher.com/freepolls/results.asp?pid=9234)

Since pace two was not offered, what did you guys/gals enroll in?

spring, summer or fall.
me: fall

Freak: nice comic, and 3 forms of communication, all you need is a rider. :)

Bentagon
03-04-2005, 05:18 PM
hey benji,
when are you booming the interivew? isnt it time yet? or you signed up an NDA?Hey, man. I've had some hectic weeks behind me, and an absolute wonderful day today (a school festival for senior year to celebrate there's only 100 days left to go, and its theme was WESTERN :p), and I'll be putting the interview down tomorrow. Then I'll send it to Boom to see if he'd like to alter/add stuff, and then this internet goodness will be up there for all of you to see!

**edit**@futg1t1ve: Fall for me too. I had voted pace2, but I don't want to wait :)

- Benjamin

mgarward
03-04-2005, 05:31 PM
Since pace two was not offered, what did you guys/gals enroll in? spring, summer or fall.
Bit the bullet and decided sooner was better, even at the faster pace, so: spring.

monstersauce
03-04-2005, 05:57 PM
I had wanted pace two... but I had decided to try pace one in the Spring even before the "no pace two" news
so, long story short, I signed up for Spring :p

Guiliguili
03-04-2005, 06:20 PM
Who will be the first to receive the enrollment from AM :applause:

Guy

vanlicht
03-04-2005, 06:35 PM
Said they are going to notify by e-mail within few hours. Now they're doing server testing....so we might get it within hours or probably around Monday or Tuesday.
monday or tuesday? can't help thinking wether it's answered out of conservative apporach or is a careless hint there's some probelm being naughty. so much like the plot in suspenser moive.

but the good news is, maybe most of guys know already, is that the applicants will get informed whether they are in the first semester or the laters.

mgarward
03-04-2005, 06:38 PM
Said they are going to notify by e-mail within few hours. Now they're doing server testing....so we might get it within hours or probably around Monday or Tuesday.
Monday or Tuesday??!? I'll explode by then! I mean... argh! I mean... oh man I was hoping to be going out celebrating in a couple of hours! I want to know one way or another! Soon!

No wait, I did mean "Argh!"

swadepgh
03-04-2005, 06:43 PM
Server testing? Oh no. If the launch experince tells us anything about their IT team....it could be weeks. Ha ha.


I really hope we hear today. This is torture.

unseenthings
03-04-2005, 07:41 PM
Well, the delay is all our fault, probably ;-) They know that as soon as they send out the first email, they darn well better send 'em all, because otherwise that first person will post here on CG Talk, and everyone else will go hit their servers and email/call them to find out where their acceptance/rejection letter is. ;-)

Okay, I'm kidding... but maybe that's why they're hesitant. After the 100+ people watching this thread from 2-4am on launch day, can you blame 'em? :)

stewartjones
03-04-2005, 07:55 PM
No, you can't blame them, BUT, I don't want a valid excuse, I just wanna know!!! haha!!! :thumbsup:

mmkelly011881
03-04-2005, 10:52 PM
woah, woah woah... to quell any possible panic here... Van Licht, did they say a few hours? or did they say "monday or tuesday" or did they say both?

is monday or tuesday your estimation?

hideandfreak
03-04-2005, 10:59 PM
Van Licht may beat me to this post, but I talked to AM an hour or so ago and they said this.

1. They are testing the servers to make sure they can handle the load of all the accepted students logging into to get student IDs and all that. This should take 3 hours or so (from about an hour ago)

2. They are going to try to send out a batch of notices after that point today, no guarantees though.

3. They will not be sending out notices over the weekend, so, Monday would be the next (or first) batch of notices.


Hope that helps.

swadepgh
03-04-2005, 11:01 PM
THanks for the info hideandfreak. I guess I will check back later and try to relax until then.


:)

hideandfreak
03-04-2005, 11:05 PM
try to relax If you figure that one out let me know!

mmkelly011881
03-04-2005, 11:07 PM
phew, thanks hideandfreak... great answer... now i gotta call home and make sure my Outlook is on to forward my email



ps... i had my first cup of coffee in 3 years today so im a little wired

Afr_CG
03-04-2005, 11:12 PM
HideandFreak, thanx for the update man...will be checking my mail every two min. now...it was every three minutes before reading your post...

good luck all!

clockwerkz
03-04-2005, 11:24 PM
Whoah, whoah whoah wait a second.. Hideandfreak are you saying that if we don't get a response in the NEXT 3 HOURS we are officially denied and cannot apply again until the year 2016???? Hehehehe

j/k

Cool update.. this should be a pretty exciting weekend for us all. I can't believe we're finally counting down the days until opening day of class! Woohoo! :bounce::bounce:


cW

mmkelly011881
03-04-2005, 11:31 PM
i'm coming for you cW :twisted:


hehe, i was just falling on the grenade for everyone who was thinking the same thing! :)


"I'm not an addict it's cool...." (runs for another cup of coffee)

Schleifer... how do you keep your addiction under wraps?

depsch
03-05-2005, 12:40 AM
I just got the good news. Hope to meet you all soon.
Its a good day to be alive :)

bobbyc
03-05-2005, 12:42 AM
I just got the good news. Hope to meet you all soon.
Its a good day to be alive :)

hehe.. me too! see y'all on the other side :)

Kimotion
03-05-2005, 12:51 AM
I didn't get it yet. was it by e-mail? Maybe I didn't pass the test, or I wrote a bad essay!

mmkelly011881
03-05-2005, 12:53 AM
breathe.... i just got mine too...
Kimotion... dont worry.. they said everyone will get an email either way

Kimotion
03-05-2005, 12:54 AM
Or maybe I gave them the wrong e-mail address!!!?????

stewartjones
03-05-2005, 12:55 AM
Or maybe I gave them the wrong e-mail address!!!?????

Wow, thought I was on hot bricks!

Just take it easy mate, I'm still waiting too! :)

monstersauce
03-05-2005, 12:57 AM
whew! I'm in, too!:bounce:

good luck to everyone and I look forward to learning with all y'all!!!

monstersauce
03-05-2005, 01:00 AM
oh, also my email was from "Luis Guillen" so make sure to check your junk email!

Jozvex
03-05-2005, 01:00 AM
Congratulations you guys!!

I got in too! YAY!

EDIT: Yeah watch carefully, mine was from Rosie Varela.

polymath
03-05-2005, 01:00 AM
If you received the email for the test, the email address was probably correct ;).

Kimotion
03-05-2005, 01:05 AM
anyone who got in currently have a Yahoo! address? I know they can be slow due to virus scans

JimmyLyons
03-05-2005, 01:09 AM
Yay!!:scream: Good Luck to everyone else!:thumbsup:

Kimotion
03-05-2005, 01:16 AM
I finally got in! WOOHOOOOO!

clockwerkz
03-05-2005, 01:18 AM
Hey Kelly..tell you what, you can get me back in the class because I got my acceptance e-mail as well. Ohmanohmanohmanohman.. I gotta go get a webcam and..and..a haircut! Don't want to look like a slob! Hehehehe.. oh! Can't forget that bucket either!

What an awesome surprise..I just came back upstairs after watching the Fox Robots special to find this little gem in my inbox.

Good luck guys and let's kick some serious rear!

cW

My acceptance is for the Spring as well!

My Fault
03-05-2005, 01:19 AM
Woohoo, can't wait to start. So who all is starting in the Spring course?

molson67
03-05-2005, 01:19 AM
I got in.


Wooooohooooo
\see ya all on the other side

wooohoooo!!
Spring

Mark

Kimotion
03-05-2005, 01:20 AM
Spring here

jono338
03-05-2005, 01:21 AM
Damn! So how long can one desperately pretend that an email is still en route somewhere before it gets pathetic. :blush:

Oh well ... more waiting. They say if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger.

Congratulations all you lucky bastards!

Cheers,

Jozvex
03-05-2005, 01:22 AM
I gotta go get a webcam and..and..a haircut! Don't want to look like a slob!

Sounds like a good plan, I'd better do that too! And yeah I'm in the Spring term too.

:thumbsup:

stewartjones
03-05-2005, 01:24 AM
Spring course for me too.

Can't wait to chat to you fellow students! YIPEEEE :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

... well its 2.23am... Guess I best get some sleep huh?!?!?!

kirko
03-05-2005, 01:28 AM
Yeehaw, I'm in for spring! Mine was from Rosie Varela. Now, what kind of bucket is everyone gonna get? Congratulations and good luck to all.

Mooncalf
03-05-2005, 01:29 AM
Hey congratulations, y'all peoples! :)


Or should I say... fellow classmates--I just got mine, too! Woo-hoo!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for absolutely everyone here. Post as soon as you know! :)

SheepFactory
03-05-2005, 01:34 AM
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot :D

Cant wait to start :)

hideandfreak
03-05-2005, 01:36 AM
See you all in class. I was going to make a comic for the news, but I'm a little too shaky still. Congratulations everyone!

PixelTales
03-05-2005, 01:36 AM
Just got the good word too! :bounce: Can't wait to see you guy's in the virtual halls. Now it's time to take my girlfriend out for a celebration dinner! :beer:

AZL42
03-05-2005, 01:39 AM
God that was harrowing waiting to receive the letter after you guys had already got it. I’m in! Congrats all who are in! And those who haven’t heard yet, I wish you the best of luck!

Guiliguili
03-05-2005, 01:41 AM
I AM IIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN !:bounce::):applause:

Guy

Guiliguili
03-05-2005, 01:50 AM
I was so excited that I forgot to say Congratulations to all the newly elected members and also good luck to the others who are still waiting their mail (or are sleeping like Modus, Makomako).. :thumbsup:

3FnD
03-05-2005, 01:50 AM
I'm off to school because I'm also...IN! (spring)

Well, not really off, since it's gonna be right on our desktops, but you know what I mean.

Congrats to everybody...now we just gotta pay for it!

3

stewartjones
03-05-2005, 01:53 AM
I was so excited that I forgot to say Congratulations to all the newly elected members and also good luck to the others who are still waiting their mail (or are sleeping like Modus, Makomako).. :thumbsup:

Ah yeah.

Excuse me too, so sorry about not giving the congrats out, I am just a little excited... As you can tell I can't get to sleep!

Anyway,,

CONGRATULATIONS

mgarward
03-05-2005, 02:02 AM
I'm in too! Spring! I'm so excited, how am I going to sleep now??

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone else as well! I can't wait to learn with you all!!! :)

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

swadepgh
03-05-2005, 02:04 AM
YAAAAAAYAYYYYYYYYYYYAAAA!!!

Congratulations to everyone! See you in class. Woo Hoooo Hoooooo!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

trydberg
03-05-2005, 02:10 AM
Hello from Minnesota, my fellow classmates!

- Tom :thumbsup:

mixolydian
03-05-2005, 02:10 AM
See you all in class. Let's go AM students! This is by far the greatest thing going in studying animation ever. Period. I don't care what school you've been to, this is it. The waiting is over. Time to party.

Nitefyre
03-05-2005, 02:31 AM
I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in. I'm in, I'm really in.

Congratulations to everyone! See you in school!!

Now for me to sleep, finally sweet sleep.

disrupt
03-05-2005, 02:33 AM
I'm in! I'M IN! I AM IN!

See you all spring term!

jschleifer
03-05-2005, 02:36 AM
I gotta say.. the enthusiasm here is awesome!!!

congrats to all of you who got in.. looking forward to seeing the work! :)

cgwolf
03-05-2005, 02:44 AM
Im in......looking forward to meeting a lot of you March 21st

sallymander
03-05-2005, 02:44 AM
OMG! I got an acceptance email! This is so exciting!

textureyes
03-05-2005, 02:47 AM
yeahhhhhhhhhhh

im in too
now i got to wait AGAIN ... for the classes to start this time.

congrats to every one...
cant wait to see you in there...
wooo hooo

darkefire
03-05-2005, 02:51 AM
am i in? IM IN? am i in?? IM MIN!! I AM INNNNNNNN A.M.!!! wootwootwoot!! all those long hours of staying up late and F5ing have finally payed of!! congrats to all who made it, and good luck to all those who are still waiting for their confirmation.

i have never been so happy to spend $14 GRAND!! :bounce: (CG talk should start charging for the little bouncy face. they could make a KILLING on this thread)

animboom
03-05-2005, 02:56 AM
I gotta say.. the enthusiasm here is awesome!!!

congrats to all of you who got in.. looking forward to seeing the work! :)

I second that Jason! I'm so loving the energy around this whole thing. I just wanted to add my bouncies too! Congrats to everyone!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

-BOOM

mikep1980
03-05-2005, 03:18 AM
Congratulations Everyone!! I can't wait to get started!!

WOOOHOOOO!!

-Mike

daraand
03-05-2005, 03:33 AM
Yeayy!!!

I'm too sleep deprived to celebrate, just got out of mid term exams, studying and writing for newspaper till whee morning o_o and now its spring break.. yeay!! a break before the long journey ^_^

Rabid pitbull
03-05-2005, 03:34 AM
:thumbsup:

I am so happy that I have been accepted! This is going to be a life changing experience for me, finally I will have the proper training to complete the animations running around in my head for all these years! Thank you AM team for allowing me this mind blowing opportunity.

Everyone enrolling in the spring term hope to see you all soon, this is going to be awesome!

James

dazed
03-05-2005, 03:54 AM
You guys who received the acceptance letter...... its for the Spring term right???! Anybody applied for the Summer term and received the aceeptance letter too?!???

Magenta_
03-05-2005, 03:56 AM
Congrats everybody! i´m so very excited i´m in :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: , there is not enough space for exclamation marks.

FUG1T1VE
03-05-2005, 03:59 AM
the madness has begun.

Afr_CG
03-05-2005, 04:01 AM
Hey People,

I am IN!! WOOOOOOOT!

Congrats to all those who got in and GOOD LUCK to all those waiting for it. see you all in "class".

peanuckle
03-05-2005, 04:04 AM
Its been an exciting night. I am glad I didn't have to wait til monday to get the letter. That would have been torture. I got the required readings yesterday and Already cranked out the Animator's Survival Kit in one sitting.


Can't wait for everything to start!

Tanner

unseenthings
03-05-2005, 04:18 AM
You guys who received the acceptance letter...... its for the Spring term right???! Anybody applied for the Summer term and received the aceeptance letter too?!???

I applied for Summer and haven't heard anything yet. Perhaps that's the part of the batch that'll have to wait until Monday. They said they would email and let people know either way, so I'm gonna try not to think about it all weekend. *geez*

Congrats to those who are in :)

bentllama
03-05-2005, 05:07 AM
I GOT IN.

cool! i can't wait for my brain to start working again...i am looking to get rid of bad habits and refresh my outake on the way i animate. this should be fun.

...now that i know, i can be more relaxed at GDC next week and enjoy myself! are there any other AM students going to be at GDC?

tredeger
03-05-2005, 05:29 AM
Ok,

This is long, sorry.

First, monstersauce, THANK YOU for telling me to check my Junk email folder. I read through 4 pages of this thread depressed that I didn't get a notice, then realized I had unread mail in the junk folder. How is it that outlook never catches the actual spam, yet randomly sends important letters into limbo? Microsoft, making your life exciting, keeping you on your toes!

Well, I guess after lurking on this thread for 200+ pages, I am officially joining the community and *my fellow classmates*. :-)

Congratulations to those of you who were accepted, good luck to those still waiting. Let's not get into a contest about who's most excited at their good fortune! ;-) I will say however that the best thing about all these silly annoying posts of sheer excitement and anticipation I've been reading the past few months is knowing all my peers are as passionate and dedicated to animation as I am. I'm so excited at the prospect of sharing this learning experience with you folks. Yes, the faculty and staff of AM are world class, but I must say I am also thrilled to have you guys as my classmates. Let's set the world on fire!

So the wait is over and the work begins. Yum.

Kimotion, I have a friend who goes to the school whose name we do not say and he has all the same complaints you've voiced. From what I can tell, he's thrown 3 years of tuition and valuable time at a program that doesn't give a frell about his success. And the creative writing story has become infamous - and totally reveals the school in question. I am so grateful not to be involved in such a program. In one of his classes, taught by working professionals, no professor stayed for more than 4 consecutive classes -- they just kept bringing in new people as the old ones left due to work commitments. This wasn't by design, but by accident. And he spends about half his tuition on degree requirements that have absolutely nothing to do with learning animation. I hope you have a very different experience with AM and I am certainly glad your current school hasn't driven you out of the field. I am extremely optimistic that you'll really find what you're looking for with AM and in that regard I'd like to share a story:

In order to be fair, I didn't want to post this stuff until after acceptance decisions had been made, but I'd like to tell the AM community about my experience with the company so far:

I was one of the dozen or so people who had terrible technical difficulties with the Wonderlic testing service. And I am so happy for all the trouble and anxiety that I went through in that regard. Here is why: I got to experience first hand the real care and dedication that the AM faculty and staff are putting into this program and it's launch. I was just a stranger applying to their program -- one of many many many, and warranted no special treatment. But in trying to solve my tech problem, they truly redefinded "above and beyond". Even Amazon.com's famous customer service pales in comparison to what I've seen from AM.
In the several days it took to get things worked out, I received numerous emails from Luis and had several detailed and patient phone conversations with him. Then Bobby gets on the line and gives me his personal assurance that the technical problem would be worked out and I didn't need to worry about it. Then another reassuring email from Bobby. Then Luis sent me an email on Sat. from his own account when the AM email was down. Then in talking with Wonderlic, I discovered that my case had been receiving personal attention from the AM folks, who were as anxious as I was to solve the problem. The Wonderlic staff was equally dedicated and while no one ever figured out what was the matter, I was eventually able to complete the test from a different computer than the one I have at home. The AM and Wonderlic folks called me as much as I called them! They left no stone unturned in addressing my situation.
At one point, Bobby wanted to adminster the test to me himself over the phone (which, having now taken the test, I know would have been really messy, even had it been permissible). The entire time I was having this minor crisis, everyone I worked with was really going out of their way not only to solve my problem, but to put me at ease and provide me with all the answers to any questions I might have.
If this experience is any indication of the kind of dedication and professionalism we can expect from AM during the program itself, we are truly lucky birds indeed and I came away from this technical snafu encouraged and excited at the possibility of studying with this crew. I feel like I am in really good hands. It is also very motivating to be working with such a high caliber crew-- after all, I want to do my best and prove myself worthy of their tutilege.


Amazon sales rankings:
Illusion of Life : 7250
Animator's Survival Guide: 2276
(wonder what it will be by the time class starts? heh)


So tonight feels, well... just... yummmm....

Kimotion
03-05-2005, 06:31 AM
Kimotion, I have a friend who goes to the school whose name we do not say and he has all the same complaints you've voiced. From what I can tell, he's thrown 3 years of tuition and valuable time at a program that doesn't give a frell about his success. And the creative writing story has become infamous - and totally reveals the school in question. I am so grateful not to be involved in such a program. In one of his classes, taught by working professionals, no professor stayed for more than 4 consecutive classes -- they just kept bringing in new people as the old ones left due to work commitments. This wasn't by design, but by accident. And he spends about half his tuition on degree requirements that have absolutely nothing to do with learning animation. I hope you have a very different experience with AM and I am certainly glad your current school hasn't driven you out of the field. I am extremely optimistic that you'll really find what you're looking for with AM and in that regard

Thanks! That means a lot to me :)

I just got back from Animation Festival in San Francisco (Don Hertzfeldt in attendance) and it ROCKED! It just inspired me to make my own shorts while using animationmentor to help me on the way.

I got back home (yeah so what if it's Friday night) and saw all this enthusiasm and it might just make my weekend.

I'll spend my weekend doing my animation assignments for the school that shall not be named, and also doing animation for a short film I am a part of. And to throw animationmentor in there would be hectic, but in a very good way. I say it's always better to be very busy than to be be very bored with a nagging girlfriend you should've dumped years ago (which is a different story).

CONGRATS TO ALL! :bounce:

Guiliguili
03-05-2005, 07:15 AM
Hi all,

here a very interesting interview from Alan Barillaro :

http://www.3dyanimacion.com/entrevistas/entrevistas.cfm?link=barillaroincredibleseng001

AKS
03-05-2005, 07:23 AM
Yeah, I applied for the Summer term and haven't heard anything yet. Although now I'm thinking that if I get in I would change it to Spring term if there's still room.... assuming I get in......... no, I'll wait to find out...... that's ok........... really.............

liquidik
03-05-2005, 07:46 AM
WOOOOOWWWW....I'm still jumping all around. How many jumps do you guys make in a second??? I'm fast, very fast....

It's really an honor for me to be a part of AM, and to meet you all on the 21th :)

Now I need to jump....

Gianmichele

philippeduvin
03-05-2005, 07:48 AM
Just woke up and got the good news :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: IM IN !!!

that's what i called a GREAT day !! I cant wait to chat with you guys and start to learn.
Thanks to all the AM crew and to you guys who made this more incredible than it already is, for you enthusiasm, motivation and crazyness !!

see you soon :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Marty15
03-05-2005, 08:10 AM
Yay Me too, me too! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

What a great start to the day. Thanks for the massive thread that i have had tremendous fun reading, and i'll see those other lucky people there.

andy_maxman
03-05-2005, 09:27 AM
congrats everyone!
see you all in a few weeks.
interacting with students who are spread across the globe is going to be one of a kind of experience.

lookingUp!
;-)andy

mattmos
03-05-2005, 10:01 AM
Congrats everybody!
Woohoo, made it too! This deserves a buttrock like nothing else :buttrock::buttrock::buttrock::buttrock::buttrock:

See you all soon!

mjSoft
03-05-2005, 10:02 AM
I guess you all have to stand me to...IM IN!!:bounce:

Im off buying a webcam...

maelstrom
03-05-2005, 10:30 AM
bouncing time!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

lord_yupa
03-05-2005, 10:47 AM
Boing boing boing !!! I'm in! :bounce:

Eyemagic
03-05-2005, 11:14 AM
Wowwww! I'm In Too ! .

Congrats to everyone, and see you there ;)

P.D: I'm the only spaniard here?

Bentagon
03-05-2005, 11:38 AM
YEEHAAA! :bounce: CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS! :bounce:
I'm so excited for you! I haven't received my e-mail yet, but since I've applied for Fall term, I'm not too worried. Remember to keep us updated, and I hope to see you there in 6 months!

And congratulations to the AM Staff too! It must've been a really hectic time reviewing all of the applications.

- Benjamin

AjaBogdanoff
03-05-2005, 01:01 PM
I applied for the spring term... No email in my box last night. :shrug:

liquidik
03-05-2005, 01:15 PM
Couldn't resist. I just made a blog to write a little bit (most of the I want to animate) about my Animation Mentor experience.

Feel free to come in and say hello :)

animationmentor.blogspot.com (http://animationmentor.blogspot.com)

Gianmichele

philippeduvin
03-05-2005, 01:23 PM
Couldn't resist. I just made a blog to write a little bit (most of the I want to animate) about my Animation Mentor experience.

Feel free to come in and say hello :)

animationmentor.blogspot.com (http://animationmentor.blogspot.com/)

Gianmichele

youre kidding man ?? i just did the same thing !! im gonna translate it in english soon
:buttrock:
www.philippeduvin.com (http://www.philippeduvin.com)

AjaBogdanoff
03-05-2005, 01:41 PM
So, any other Spring applicants out there who haven't gotten an email yet? We could start a little support group. :)

Congratulations to everyone who has heard... I know you must be walking on sunshine... Whoooooo-oah........... ;)

jugger
03-05-2005, 01:45 PM
ha, great! i watch this thread since a while and now i think its time for the first posting:

I'm accepted!!! yeah! :)

supergrover
03-05-2005, 02:17 PM
Hi All - has anyone been rejected yet? I haven't incidentally but I'm curious about whether or not anyone has been. I also wonder if they'll have the full quota of students.

Mooncalf
03-05-2005, 02:28 PM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, Aja. :) It seems like people are still receiving their e-mails... Hopefully you'll get it soon before you've bitten all your fingernails off. :)

super_mouse
03-05-2005, 02:36 PM
:bounce: :bounce: sweeeet i got in!!! can't wait to start(raids savings account):buttrock:

Trevor Hunsaker
03-05-2005, 02:40 PM
The waiting may very well kill me. Even though I applied for Fall term. AAAAAUUUUUGGGGHHH!

Oh, congrats everyone!!

LIGHTYEAR
03-05-2005, 02:49 PM
Yep, just checked my emails and there it was! Result I'M INNNN! WooHoo! Im off out tonight to get hammered and celebrate, anyone who's in Bristol, UK, I will buy you a massive drink. Congrats everyone! I have to say that the last few weeks and months have been the most intense for a long time, but worth it all. I think the whole vibe on this thing is amazing and we havnt even met each other!
Anyway, look forward to finding out who my Mentor is and meeting all you guys in the halls.

Whenever my wife refers to all this she calls it "Animation Mental" as it has driven me half mad recently!

Woooo Hooo!! Excellant! :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

supergrover
03-05-2005, 02:51 PM
So did everyone who applied get in?

mattmos
03-05-2005, 02:55 PM
Yep, just checked my emails and there it was! Result I'M INNNN! WooHoo! Im off out tonight to get hammered and celebrate, anyone who's in Bristol, UK, I will buy you a massive drink. Congrats everyone! I have to say that the last few weeks and months have been the most intense for a long time, but worth it all. I think the whole vibe on this thing is amazing and we havnt even met each other!
Anyway, look forward to finding out who my Mentor is and meeting all you guys in the halls.

Whenever my wife refers to all this she calls it "Animation Mental" as it has driven me half mad recently!

Woooo Hooo!! Excellant! :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

Congrats Lightyear. So where are you drinking in Bristol? I was thinking about coming back this weekend for Mother's day but probably not down until tomorrow, otherwise I'd take you up on that drink!

Another Bristolian (relocated to the big smoke)
Matt

Ejecta
03-05-2005, 03:31 PM
Hello fellow class mates! Im in and starting this spring. It will be cool getting to know everyone. This year is going to be lots of hard work and so much fun.

mmkelly011881
03-05-2005, 03:31 PM
interacting with students who are spread across the globe is going to be one of a kind of experience.



hah! isnt that what we are doing now?

yeah Aja... keepin my fingers crossed as well!

LIGHTYEAR
03-05-2005, 03:34 PM
Will more than likely start off in the Naval Volunteer in King Street (opposite the Bristol Old Vic - an old favourite) then off up into Clifton for some flaming Sambuca's! The more the merrier!

mmkelly011881
03-05-2005, 03:39 PM
oh god, flaming sambucas... just the thought of those brought back the shakes for me...



no licorice for me again... ever

akem
03-05-2005, 04:02 PM
:thumbsup:

I am so happy that I have been accepted! This is going to be a life changing experience for me, finally I will have the proper training to complete the animations running around in my head for all these years! Thank you AM team for allowing me this mind blowing opportunity.

Everyone enrolling in the spring term hope to see you all soon, this is going to be awesome!

James

James, you must have psychic abilities because you read my mind. Those are my exact same sentiments, word for word.

After regularly checking my Inboxs, it finally dawned on me to look in my 'Junk email' and there.. was what I had spent months anticipating and (maybe a little foolishly.. since there were no guarantees I would get in) planning for. A message saying I had been accepted!

Like Hannibal from the A-Team use to say "I love it when a plan comes together."

Infact, I am so looking forward to meeting and learning with everyone on the 'AM-Team'. (Yeah.. I know, it maybe sounds a little cheesy... but I'm REALLY excited and its also my first post ever on CG-Talk).

Congratulations to everyone who got in and another big thumbs to everyone at AnimationMentor for making this all possible.:thumbsup:

Akem

unseenthings
03-05-2005, 04:06 PM
So did everyone who applied get in?

It's way too early to tell. From what I understand, everyone who applied for any term (spring, summer, fall) *will* receive an email letting them know if they're accepted or not, but there's only been a few batches of emails that have gone out so far. Have to wait and see. Many (?) people (like me) still haven't heard anything, but should early next week.

mattmos
03-05-2005, 04:18 PM
Mmmm flaming sambucas :twisted:

Still remember the time I put my hand over the top of the glass to put it out and it got stuck on (vacuum). Laughed I did. And burnt my hand.

AjaBogdanoff
03-05-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks, guys. I'm trying not to let it get me down. I'm going to spend the weekend working on ripping this mysterious and ugly hunk of machinery out of our new kitchen ceiling. Woo, demolition! :D

Parlo
03-05-2005, 05:08 PM
Will more than likely start off in the Naval Volunteer in King Street (opposite the Bristol Old Vic - an old favourite) then off up into Clifton for some flaming Sambuca's! The more the merrier!

Don't forget the Coronation Tap! My oh my, that was a very powerful cider if memory serves me well (and if it doesn't, it might be to do with the fact that that was a very powerful cider!) I spent three years at Uni in Bristol, I can't think of a better collection of drinking establishments in any other city.

Oh, and I got in too. :)

dimension10
03-05-2005, 05:51 PM
In, Spring. Let's get this thing on!

mattmos
03-05-2005, 07:35 PM
Don't forget the Coronation Tap! My oh my, that was a very powerful cider if memory serves me well (and if it doesn't, it might be to do with the fact that that was a very powerful cider!) I spent three years at Uni in Bristol, I can't think of a better collection of drinking establishments in any other city.

Oh, and I got in too. :)

13% I do believe. Only serve it in halves and don't for god's sake try mixing it with a vodka and redbull... Definitely one of my favourite places in the whole of Brizzle. Might even go for a quick pint of cider tonight in celebration :)

Good to see some westcountry folks in the fold... Nice work by the way Sam, is that an animation mentor style model I see before me ;)

tredeger
03-05-2005, 08:21 PM
So let me begin by saying that I honestly believe that it doesn't much matter to which mentor you are initially assigned. Personally, even if I love my first term mentor, I hope I get a new one every term just for the diversity of experience (at least that's my current thinking). And given the overall caliber of talent, it seems you can't go wrong no matter with whom you are paired. But I am very curious as to the way mentors will be assigned. Will it be random or pseudo-random assignment (such as alphabetical order)? Or will the mentors get to pick teams based on the essays? If in fact it is random, then may I suggest a tiny little tweak to the system:

Maybe try to make geographically regional groups of 10 or so students where it is possible to do so and assign these groups rather than individuals randomly to the mentors. It won't much change the general composition of any particular group (except maybe bay area folks I suppose) BUT it would mean that we'd be geographically closest to the students with whom we may expect to have the most contact online. This might have the benefit of facilitating real world get togethers, either as working groups, picnics, paint ball, _insert your bonding experience here_. Just a thought. What do you folks think?

Along the same lines, we should probably start a new roll call thread or something (though the thread format is a cumbersome way to build a voluntary database type thing like this -- see the Softimage Foundation roll call thread for proof). And there's no hurry to do it, I'd rather see it done right than fast. But in my excitement, I can't resist doing it wrong, just a little, so... anyone here in the Virginia, USA area? DC/NOVA counts, but how about charlottesville to va. beach? I'm right here in the middle.

(please, if one of you SF bay area folks is contemplating doing what I just did...resist the urge! We don't need 8 pages of "I'm in redwood city...I'm in P.A.) In fact, if you're in Virginia, PM me instead of adding to the thread... heh...

So that's my signal, that's my noise.

Less than 24 hours into my good news and I am still in shock. I, like so many here, have been organizing a fair part of my life around this possibility and now... reality. BRING ON THE RIGS!

cheers,
jazz

darkefire
03-05-2005, 08:49 PM
im about 90 minutes north of the Bay Area (Sacramento), does that still count?:)

i can see the sense in grouping us by regional area, as far as student get-togethers are concerned. but as for online chats, etc, not a lot of people are available at all hours due to work, family, etc. and just me personally, i think being in a culturally/regionally diverse group can make for some rather interesting conversation.

telliott
03-06-2005, 01:32 AM
Hey all,

I'm in too. Can't wait to start animating along side the lot of you.

-Todd

Jozvex
03-06-2005, 01:57 AM
I'm sorry to bring up the webcam thing again, but my ADSL connection is only 320k download and 64k upload.

I keep reading on forums that you need at least 128k upload for webcams to function properly, so should I even bother still getting one (for the online talkiness part anyway)?

:shrug:

Only like 15 days to go!

mockingbird
03-06-2005, 07:39 AM
congraulations to the new students!
I am wondering does these enrollment include the two week longer classes?